“Love the Lord your God”

John 14:21

Jesus said:

“He who has my commandments and keep them, he it is who loves me.”

What then is Jesus’s command for each one of us?

Mark 12:30

“Love the Lord your God with all of your heart…..”

I have been moved by the testimony of Dr Helen Roseveare in her book “Living Sacrifice”. Her testimony has caused me to search my heart if I truly love the Lord as I struggle with some of my disappointments these past months.  

The spiritual and emotional cost in seeking to love God with all of my heart is in giving up of pride, self -reliance, self-justification and self- pity.  To do this I then have to give God my heart to break, to re-mold and to fill with overflowing love.

How often are we tempted to assert our right to say  “Yes” or “No” when faced with circumstances. But God seems to say. “ But you will be hurt. Yes, it will cost you time and involvement. Your heart may often be crushed; some will try to take advantage of you, and others will misunderstand you. It can easily lead to false accusations, misconstrued motives or even deeper pain. But that is My way, the way of the cross.  Are you prepared for it. “

Yes Lord Jesus , may the sheer wonder of the greatness of your sacrifice break my heart afresh. I love you.  Give me your grace as I desire to give you my heart that you may fill it and overflow it with your own self-giving love for all among whom you will send me to serve.

Elder Handson Fu